Caleb, “son of nobody” (Enrico Montesano) lives in Galilee in Jesus’ day and struggles as a thief and con-man, pretending to be a magician. When he witnesses Jesus turning water into wine, he thinks he’s found a competitor. So Caleb goes on, convinced that Jesus is a fake just as he is, always trying to figure out his tricks. In the meantime, he gets involved with a prostitute (played by Edwige Fenech), but also with the wife of a Roman patrician (played by the equally alluring Bernadette Lafont), he steals a few goats and cons a few people, he befriends a lovable dog and gets in trouble with some Roman soldiers. In the end, he is convicted for theft and crucified, ending up on Jesus’ right. Manages to steal a necklace and then lose it and find Deborah with whom he shared his life. Always fascinated by the figure of Christ, continue to believe that a magician cleverer than him, will end on the cross with him an old man accused of theft. So, it’s kinda like “Life of Brian”, only with italians.


This deliciously subversive Biblical comedy, despite thematically being pretty close to The Life of Brian, is in no way Pythonesque in it’s execution and would probably be better compared to the Dudley Moore vehicle Wholly Moses! from the same year.

There are plenty of funny, sweet and the occasional tearjerking moments in a film that Pasquale Festa Campanile directs and is based on his own novel. The lead characters played by Enrico Montesano and Edwige Fenech work really well together and their romantic interaction is most endearing. Claudio Cassinelli is great as Jesus and manages to successully give off a suitably pious air.

The perky and quirky comedy-friendly soundtrack is provided by Ennio Morricone and the Tunisian locations are well captured as they fill in for the Holy Land. While not especially family friendly viewing, and possibly a wee bit offensive to overly sensitive devout types, the film is nevertheless delightful lazy afternoon type entertainment for grown ups.

— Nigel Maskell (Italian Film Review)–_Pasquale_Festa_Campanile.mkv ladrone The Good Thief 1980 — Pasquale Festa Campanile.mkv

Subtitles:English, Italian (muxed)

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